American Airlines Lead Mechanic Keith Duffner adjusts war veteran Taylor Morris' prosthetic leg. (Source: Taylor Morris/TaylorMorris.org)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -
A McCarran International Airport mechanic took time away from working on planes and lent a helping hand to a wounded warrior. The picture that captured it all has now gone viral and is stealing the hearts of many.
"It was nice to give something to an individual who gives a lot to his country and his community," said American Airlines Lead Mechanic Keith Duffner.
In the photo that's gone viral, you can see Duffner working hard to fix the prosthetic leg of Afghan war veteran Taylor Morris.
"Made his trip a little easier, that was a nice thing to do," said Duffner.
Morris, a quadruple amputee, lost his limbs after being hit by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan in 2012. After going through security, he fell and twisted one of his prosthetic legs, making it hard for him to get around. Morris couldn't fix the leg himself because the wrench he needed was in his checked luggage. That's when Duffner came to the rescue with the right tool.
"I had to loosen four or five screws and then remove the lower leg and put it back together with the foot aligned," Duffner said.
The photo has gained so much attention, Duffner, along with his supervisor, appeared on the national show Fox and Friends with the wounded warrior himself.
"It's been a little bit strange, and to me it's welcomed news to see something good in the press once in a while," Duffner said.
Aside from all the attention, Duffner said he was honored to help someone who's sacrificed so much for him.
"It wasn't much that I did compared to what our military does when they go on a tour. They are away from their families and are in harm's way for long tours, and some come back injured. And some come back and have a long recovery," Duffner said.
Duffner said working on a prosthetic limb was a first for him. Something you didn't see in the picture was Duffner saluting Morris before he began to repair the leg.
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